Camping is a great outdoor adventure as well as a good way to de-stress. Camping with cats, on the other hand, is a little different, it requires a little more planning. Then your good to go.
It’s extremely possible to camp with your cat. In fact, a lot of people around the world do this. It does require a little effort but nothing too serious. The actual preparation, however, starts at home behind the scene. This camping adventure can be seen as bonding, also it allows the cat to loosen up while indulging in nature.
Some people believe that cats won’t really enjoy camping while others believe that only certain character of cats may do well when camping. Through a whole lot of research and common sense, I now have my own understanding. We must remember that cats are wildlife creatures they were created to be exposed to nature and not to be domesticated.
Humans, however, found a way to domesticate pets making them behave in a more sensible way indoors. While their habits may be denatured, they are still animals. Therefore I totally believe that almost all cats will be a delight when camping. Camping is adventurous, and so are cats.
This is an amazing trio cat, owner and nature.
Choose a Pet-friendly campsite
Firstly you will want to camp out at a place that is pet-friendly, more specific cat-friendly. Even though cats thrive on the outdoors, you must be cautious and extremely vigilant. In the US we are very lucky to have some beautiful sites that are totally friendly to all pets. I understand that you live a busy life and it takes a lot of time to research to find a good campsite, therefore to make it easy I’ve included 10 of the best-rated pet-friendly campsites in the US that are free for pets.
- Myrtle Beach KOA – Myrtle Beach
- Fremont Campground -Santa Barbara
- Delaware Water Gap/ Pocono Mountain KOA – East Stroudsburg
- Holly Shores Camping Resort – Cape May
- Campland on the Bay – San Diego
- Ocean Mesa at EL Capitan Canyon – Santa Barbara
- Bryn Mawr Ocean Resort – Saint Augustine
- Camp Gulf – Florida
- Boca Chita Key – Florida
- Camp on the Creek – Charleston, sc.
Prepare your cat.
First, you want to make sure your cat is well and up to date with vaccines. Then start the preparation. Preparation is very much needed as you never know how your cat will react, however, cats tend to do well outdoors. It’s a good idea to do a test, set up camp in your backyard. Observe your cats reaction and check how you can improve your cat’s comfortability.
While preparing the cat, it’s a good idea to introduce the cat to different environments. Visit the park or even head out for a quick jog with your kitty. Just to allow the cat enough room for change, spark their curiosity a bit. The aim is to help the cat break out of its comfort zone.
Depending on how long you decide to camp, you will want to check up on the weather. It won’t be nice to camp in the rainy seasons since it’s much colder and messier. Camping season usually starts in early May and extend to October, however, campgrounds are open year-round, therefore choose your campground carefully and the season you decide to camp.
Get your travel plan started, decide who’s driving and make sure you have the route. Make yourself familiar with the destination so that it won’t be difficult when the day arrives. You can also use your mobile navigation that provides accurate routes, but remember some adventure sites and campgrounds may be seen in the navigator yet the routes will be unclear. This happens since areas where campgrounds exist, there are no official roads.
Cat gear & equipment for camping
Now that you are done preparing, its time to move on to gear and equipment that you will need. It’s nice to write a list of everything that you will need. If it’s your first camp trip with your cat, don’t worry I’ve got you, I have included a list of my own that are ‘Must-Haves’ while camping with cats.
- Kitty Tent & bed
- Litter box
- Collar and ID tags
- Harness and leash
- Disposable bags & wipes
- First aid kit
- Food and water
- Favourite toy
- Backpack or carrier
When buying camping gear for your cat, wait for sales. Normally within the winter months, gear and equipment go on sale. This could be a way to get in on the action.
Setting up camp with your cat
Upon arrival, pick a good spot that will allow the cat some free space to safely roam. Make sure that there is some distance away from bonfires and any water sources. Look out for rocks, you want to set up camp on a flat surface, preferably on grass. You want to set your camp close to your cats camp so that the cat will know that you’re around.
Allow a place for the litter box somewhere near the cat’s tent but away from interaction since cats like to do their business in private. Fill the water and food bowl, with sufficient food and water for each meal. Set up a comfy bed for the cat to relax.
Adventure and enjoy
Its finally the best part, time to gear up and head out into the woods. Secure your kitty with a leash and a collar ID or tag. You want to carry a backpack and pack it up with the essentials such as.
- Food & water
- First aid kit
- Safety rope
And any other extra equipment you require. Normally in campgrounds, campers head out in groups to be safe. However, you decide, be safe and include your kitty in the tasks. Interact with your cat, lead them along trails and make it fun for them. Hide snacks behind rocks and let them hunt for it on their own.
Take breaks, let the cat relax a bit. Don’t forget to hydrate, its very easy to fall faint especially in summer. Always stay alert and keep guide over your cat. Allow the cat to interact with other cats, provided that the cats aren’t violent.
1. Don’t believe cat stigmas, the net is fully loaded with content. Some are great useful information while others are pure whack. Above all use your discretion, you will be fine.
2. In the camp, try to avoid crowded campsites and hiking trails. You want to follow on at your own pace. Don’t rush your cat be patient.
3. Prepare for the worst, anything either than that you will be fine.
4. Practice proper hygiene. Campsites can be a breathing ground for many pests, you want to bathe them before you head back home.
5. Relax, enjoy yourself. Spend time bonding with your furry creature, spoil them with their favourite treats.